Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thou slanderous hell-hated slug!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
What to name him. What to name him. Oh, I know: Albert!
Albert Victor was born to Albert Edward (himself the son of QV's beloved Albert Albert. I mean Francis Albert) 8 January, 1864. Two months premature. His mother was, of course, the Princess of Wales, later Queen Alexandra. Wikipedia uses language that I think was designed to try to be charitable to the lad:
"Albert Victor was known to his family as "Eddy"... Albert Victor's intellect, sexuality and sanity have been the subject of much speculation. Rumours linked him with a scandal involving a homosexual brothel, though there is no firm evidence that he ever went there or was even homosexual. Some authors have argued that he was the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Contemporary documents indicate that Albert Victor could not have been in London at the time of the murders, and the claim is widely dismissed."
Really? "No firm evidence" - what an unfortunate choice of words when speaking of a homosexual brothel.
This young man has been one of my very favorite royal characters for a very long time, so perhaps we can "delve a little deeper" just to satisfy my own desire to further sensationalize this ever-down-spiraling blog.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
George III had a pronounced stutter and was more than a little hard to understand, as John Adams would later discover after the revolution, as he presented the credentials of the new country to the Court of St. James's, but talking in bed wasn't required, apparently. 15. Count 'em - 15.
George’s eldest son, the Prince of Wales, (later King George IV for 10 years) only had one child, a daughter, and she died rather unexpectedly in 1817. Suddenly all the remaining unmarried sons of George III scrambled to get married and start having children to secure the House of Hanover’s meal ticket.
So it happened, at the ripe age of fifty, the Duke of Kent (fourth son of George III) married Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-saalfeld, and they begat an only child, and they called the child Alexandrina Victoria, and she became the Queen Mother of all Europe. Or so it sometimes seems.
This bit of information will take you up to the first post of this series.